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formal language

noun
1.
a language designed for use in situations in which natural language is unsuitable, as for example in mathematics, logic, or computer programming. The symbols and formulas of such languages stand in precisely specified syntactic and semantic relations to one another
2.
(logic) a logistic system for which an interpretation is provided: distinguished from formal calculus in that the semantics enable it to be regarded as about some subject matter
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Historical Examples
  • In his surprise Seaton lapsed from the formal language he had been employing.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Its vehicle was a formal language, having no connection with the vernacular.

  • This verse has the form of a petition, but its formal language amounts to an ascription of praise.

  • The deep political purpose with which this parliament was assembled is reflected even in the formal language of the writs.

  • What she had to say will be best told in the clear, formal language of the official disposition.

    The Rome Express Arthur Griffiths
Contemporary definitions for formal language
noun

any language of symbols and formulas developed for systems which cannot work with natural language, such as computer programming and mathematics

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